Lady Anne, the Landlord and the Wharfedale Blonde. August 2021, Yorkshire and Cumbria.
This year's long walk is a large section of the Lady Anne Way which wanders the dales from Skipton to Penrith. Four of us, Brian, Margaret, Dave and I are walking approximately two thirds of the walk, finishing in Kirkby Stephen which used to be in Westmoreland but for almost fifty years has been in Cumbria.
As usual we have used Mickledore to organise accommodation and transfers when needed and as usual Mickledore have come up with the goods.
Lady Anne Clifford was born in Skipton Castle in 1590. Eventually inheriting a series of castles she set out to restore them and some churches. Generous towards her tenants, she built alms houses in some places.
The walk is covered by three OS maps;
OS OL 2 Yorkshire Dales, South and West
OS OL30 Yorkshire Dales North and Central
OS OL 19 Howgill Fells and Eden Valley
Please note this is not a guide just a report on our walk. There is a guide book available written by Sheila Gordon and titled Lady Anne's Way. Published by Skyware Ltd. ISBN 978-1-911321-02-06
It is also possible to download GPS maps from walkingenglishman.
Getting to the start;
Brian took the four of us plus four bags and four rucksacks to the start of the walk in Skipton.
On the way we stopped in Silsden, the small Yorkshire town where my elder sister and I were born. Yes, in the house.
From the start the trail goes directly north, crossing fields and the Skipton Golf Course to a road where we turned east down Brankenly Lane, under a railway bridge and on to the village of Embsay where there was a nice little coffee shop.
Morning break over we moved on down the village road, found a trail sign, cut across a couple of fields to Eastby. After a short distance on a road we joined Bark lane, a track and headed East across fields to the wonderfully named Calm Slate which seemed to be the centre of the local ice cream industry.
Contains OS data, copyright. Crown copyright and database right 2021
Contains OS data, copyright. Crown copyright and data base right 2021
Distance for the day 14.12 miles Running total 26.13 miles (42.05 km)
We left the comfort of the Fox and Hounds after a substantial breakfast of bacon, egg, sausage, beans, hash browns, mushrooms and tomatoes. I declined the Black Pudding.
Crossing the river we followed the Dales Way path close to the water until we reached Dubb's Lane, crossed over the Wharfe again and reached the village of Buckden.
Views of Wharfedale.
From Buckden we made the first climb of the walk, hauling ourselves uphill through Rakes Wood to Buckden Rake and the start of the almost eight mile walk across fairly flat moorland.